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Operation 451 at the Davis Family Library

Operation 451 at the Davis Family Library

Operation 451 at the Davis Family Library

We are proud to participate in Operation 451, a symbolic affirmation of library values celebrated by libraries and librarians across the country. Browse the books and DVDs that we have selected to showcase the importance of access to information, critical thinking, and free expression of ideas.

Tell us what you want us to add! Make suggestions at go/displaysuggestions

Vermont Online Library now available to anyone in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Libraries now provides access to the Vermont Online Library (VOL) to anyone accessing the internet from an IP address located in Vermont.

The VOL includes resources for school-age children, career explorers, automobile repair and maintenance from and much more from the Gale-Cengage family of resources. The Department of Libraries has taken on this expense so that public and academic libraries throughout the state can provide rich online resources to all of their patrons.

(Note that anyone traveling outside of Vermont who is not associated with an academic institution needs to arrange access to these resources, if possible, with their public library. These resources are incorporated into Middlebury’s library holdings; Middlebury students, faculty, and staff can access these from outside of Vermont by authentication through a link on a library website such as a search in Summon or through the library homepage.)

New year, new platforms

A number of library content providers have made significant changes to their platforms in the last several weeks, or they will early in 2017. Listed are some of the major ones, and where you can find out more.

There are probably others; this post may be updated in the near future. If you encounter any problems, please contact eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Think you’ll miss RefWorks? Learn Zotero!

Legacy RefWorks logo RefWorks 3 logo

As a reminder, the Library is canceling its subscription to RefWorks citation software (Legacy RefWorks and RefWorks 3) next summer, effective June 30, 2017. After that date, students, faculty, staff and alumni will not be able to use RefWorks through Middlebury’s subscription. For rationale, alternatives and next steps, see The Library is canceling RefWorks next year.

Do you think you’ll miss RefWorks? If so, you should try Zotero citation management software. In January, we’re offering a few Zotero workshops here at the Davis Family Library. Our Zotero guide has scheduling and signup instructions. A librarian would be glad to provide one-on-one advice, too — contact us at go/askus/  and we’ll get you started.

Unplug and Recharge – All Year!

Unplug and Recharge sign

Unplug and Recharge

Good news! Thanks to lots of positive feedback, the “Unplug and Recharge Room” on the upper level of the Davis Family Library will be available at least until the end of this year. We’ve added a curtain and acquired a few other items to make it more permanent. We’ll add more as soon as possible. Many thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life for allowing us to continue to borrow the meditation cushions.

Wish you could use the meditation cushions somewhere else in the library? That’s easy, borrow a set from us! Check them out at the Circulation Desks at the Davis Family Library or the Armstrong Library.

Where is the Unplug and Recharge Room? Follow the signs!